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Chair of the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board
Janet is an award-winning business journalist with extensive knowledge of the maritime industry, and in recent years a particular focus on the container shipping sector.
She chairs the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board, an independent panel of experts who provide guidance and advice to the editorial team to ensure the highest standards of journalism are maintained.
Prior to that, Janet was responsible for overseeing coverage of the global container shipping industry for two of the world's leading maritime publications, Lloyd's List and Containerisation International.
Janet has often been the first to report some of the industry’s biggest events. She broke the story that AP Moller-Maersk was poised to take over P&O Nedlloyd. The details were so accurate that trading in P&O Nedlloyd's shares on the Amsterdam stock exchange was suspended until an official statement was issued the following day, confirming the acquisition talks.
More recently, she was in overall charge of Containerisation International as it was fully integrated into the Lloyd’s List group. This included publication of a monthly magazine plus daily online news and analysis. At a time when container shipping is in the throes of the biggest upheaval in its 60 years history, CI has provided the most comprehensive coverage available of all the changes taking place, and how these will affect the future shape of the industry.
Before joining Lloyd’s List, Janet was London correspondent and bureau chief for The Journal of Commerce, then a daily New York-based business paper that became part of the Economist Group, covering a broad range of industries from shipping, aviation, insurance and surface transportation to regulation and trade policy, while also managing a network of European correspondents and editing their articles.
Latest From Janet Porter
The cruiseship industry has been brought to a virtual standstill by the global pandemic, so why not reactivate some of the anchored ships to help those who lost their homes and livelihoods in the Beirut blast?
Neighbouring Tripoli lacks the capacity to handle volumes from Beirut as carriers start to reroute ships
A technical manager, arranging for the replacement of a ship’s entire crew, describes the ‘nightmare’ of trying to find a port where seafarers could disembark and catch flights home
A coalition of shipowners and shippers is more likely to gain the ear of overstretched decision makers and reach agreement on a fixed set of crew change procedures
Shipowners who shun publicity and choose to flag vessels in countries with which they have few or no commercial connections, should not be surprised if governments fail to take up their cause. Without pressure from their constituents, politicians are likely to push the stranded seafarers emergency far down the agenda
A circular about a commitment to eliminate market mamipulation raised speculation in some circles about a formal complaint, but the Baltic Exchange has discounted that suggestion